Nozuko Yokwana previously served at the National Research Foundation (NRF), National Arts Council as an Advisory Craft Panellist and on the National Health Laboratories of South Africa (NHLS). Nozuko has won various scholarships and awards including the Nelson Mandela Scholarship and the Ford Foundation Award. She also won the Community Builder of the Year Award awarded by the Sowetan in 2008.
Nozuko served in government at Bisho as a COO for the Department of Social Development and in Cape Town Parliament as a health policy advisor and researcher. She gained extensive experience as a consultant in community development, rural and agrarian reforms, land reform and settlements. She also ventured into mining and construction.
Nozuko is one of the first black women who managed to start her own construction and mining company, post democracy. Currently she is serving as head of Eastern Cape Planning Commission and has been instrumental in drafting Vision 2030 Plan – a long-term plan for the Eastern Cape government. She is also Chairperson for the Nelson Mandela Museum, a Board Member and an HR subcommittee member at Afesis-corplan, as well as a Council Member for Chief Albert Luthuli Museum serving on various sub committees (Research and Marketing, Audit and Risk, Remco and Finance).
Nozuko is finalising her PhD studies and is an experienced and qualified professional nurse and midwife. She is passionate about rural livelihoods, peace-building, women and youth empowerment, spatial justice in terms of integrated settlements and development in rural areas.